​South China Sea: India's Strategic and Economic Priorities

The South China Sea (SCS) is a strategically and economically significant region, pivotal to global trade routes and rich in natural resources. India's interests in the South China Sea are driven by a combination of strategic, economic, and geopolitical considerations.

Strategic Priorities

  • Freedom of Navigation and Overflight: India strongly supports the principles of freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This stance is critical given China's expansive territorial claims and militarization of features in the SCS.
  • Regional Security and Stability: India engages in defence cooperation with ....
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